The Queen of the Night

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The Queen of the Night

By Alexander Chee

Houghton Mifflin, Hardcover, 9780618663026, 576pp.

Publication Date: February 2, 2016

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National Bestseller

This book is a glorious performance . . . Enveloping, seductive. Karen Russell


From a writer praised by Junot Diazas the fire, in my opinion, and the light, a mesmerizing novelthat followsone woman's rise from circus rider to courtesan to world-renowned diva

Lilliet Berne is a sensation of the Paris Opera, a legendary soprano with every accolade except an original role, every singer's chance at immortality. When one is finally offered to her, she realizes with alarm that the libretto is based on a hidden piece of her past. Only four could have betrayed her: one is dead, one loves her, one wants to own her. And one, she hopes, never thinks of her at all.As she mines her memories for clues, she recalls her life as an orphan who left the American frontier for Europe and was swept up into the glitzy, gritty world of Second Empire Paris. In order to survive, she transformed herself from hippodrome rider to courtesan, from empress's maid to debut singer, all the while weaving a complicated web of romance, obligation, and political intrigue.Featuring a cast of characters drawn from history, The Queen of the Night follows Lilliet as she moves ever closer to the truth behind the mysterious opera and the role that could secure her reputation -- or destroy her with the secrets it reveals.


NPR
Saturday, Jan 30, 2016

The long-awaited novel follows a famous opera singer on her journey of constant reinvention. Despite the 19th century France setting, Chee admits there are autobiographical elements. More at NPR.org

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